Getting Real – 6th Edition

September 26, 2019

Getting Real: 
An Economic Profile of the Canadian Documentary Production Industry

DOC is proud to publish the 6th volume of Getting Real: An Economic Profile of the Canadian Documentary Industry. The report is an in-depth look at the state of Canadian documentary production from 2012-2013 to 2016-2017 in both the English and French markets.

Getting Real 6 (2019)


Despite audience demand and finding new means of financing, the data indicates that Canadian documentary production is facing its steepest decline in almost a decade.

Getting Real was produced by Maria de Rosa and Marilyn Burgess, who analyzed current statistics and provided a wealth of information on the financing, production, and viewing of documentaries in Canada. Focusing on television and theatrical documentaries, this report traces developments in funding and policy that affect production.

Through examining documentary production by format, language, and region, the report presents a longitudinal overview of developments and growth in the industry. Supplemented by case studies and appendices that contextualize the economic data, Getting Real situates Canadian documentary production within the larger Canadian film industry while also offering a regional and provincial outlook.